Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Day 1221 (30/04/2013)

I had aimed to go to the gym today after my meeting with the accountant but the meeting went on for a bit longer than intended but was very good and I was happy with the amount of tax I have to pay this year.

To be honest I'm so much more than just happy with the amount of tax I have to pay. I know I spent a lot on company stuff last year, such as my legal fee's but I was expecting to pay a lot more in tax.

After coming home and having a cup of tea it was a bit too late to go for a swim but I will definitely go for a swim on my next day off.

Thomas's new camera has come back and seems to be working fine now, so I'm looking forward to seeing some of his photos taken with this camera in the press.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Day 1220 (29/04/2013)

Trying to think up company names & domain names isn't as easy as it sounds. It's gotta be something that hasn't already been used, slightly descriptive but easy to say & write as an email address.

Needless to say I'm still thinking.

Went swimming again today & did just under 40minutes. I have a busy week ahead but will try to go another couple of times.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Day 1218 & 1219 (27 & 28/04/2013)

A fairly relaxing weekend, with lots to do, that can wait a bit.

Made a Beef Stroganoff on Saturday night, which I thought was quite nice.

Then on Sunday they had some dressed crab at Tesco's so we stated with a crab & avocado salad, which was quite tasty.

Then had some pan fried sardines (on bread) with new potatoes.

Quite a nice if somewhat fishy weekend.

I have had a few different ideas about my company this weekend and have a near week full of meetings planned.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Day 1217 (26/04/2013)

I was able to collect a few freebies yesterday but failed in my attempt to collect any memory sticks.

It does amaze me nowadays, especially at an exhibition of such modern ground breaking companies, that they still handout pens.

Who uses a pen.

I refused to collect any yesterday as I easily have enough pens to last me for the est of my life. To be fair if I only had 6 pens it that would probably be enough to last me the rest of my life but I have dozens of the things, all with different company details on.

That is only a small collection I keep on my desk just in case.

Day 1216 (25/04/2013)

A long day, catching the training into London to talk at a Terrorism / Forensics Exhibition at Olympia. Thankfully it was made more bearable by the First Class service on the train.

It was a hot day and the exhibition was really noisy but interesting, full of boys toys, that apparently you weren't supposed photograph.

It didn't look like the presentation was going to be very good, what with all the noise and the fact that the stand didn't have any internet available and due to some very last minute changes the time of the talks had been moved by an hour, without publicising the fact, so anyone that had wanted to come to my presentation would turn up just as I was finishing. And then I discovered a big hole in my trousers. 

It was looking like a nightmare but then someone got a code for some Wi-Fi and a small audience turned up, so it was OK in the end.

Obviously the only true reason for going to London (at any time) is to stop off at Yo-Sushi at Paddingon. 

And it was great as always.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Day 1215 (24/04/2013)

OK its Wednesday already and I will try to go to the gym today but I have stuff to do.

Update - 16:30 - I went to the gym and did a hard 15 minutes swimming.

OK I know its not much but I haven't been for a few months and I needed to ease myself back in to it.

When I was there I realized how much I had missed it, as it clears my mind and gives me time to think about things, mostly about what I'm going to eat when I get back home.

Will be back in the pool on Friday as in London all day tomorrow.

Just got my company tax assessment from my accountant and was shocked. It's no wonder the country is in a state, I can't believe how much (little) I have to pay.

Day 1214 (23/04/2013)

It is nice having an extended period at home after a busy couple of months doing courses. The only trouble is it doesn't matter how much work I do there is always more to do and more things that I could do if I had the time.

Anyway once again we have left it fair to late to book our holiday again, so its not a case of where we want to go but where is left that we can go.

I'm thinking of getting "Canary Islands" nationality but at least it will be hot & relaxing and I will be with my wife.

Next Years holiday will be booked at the start of November, when we get the Christmas decorations down and finish clearing the crap out of the garage.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Day 1213 (22/04/2013)

Henning Wehn was very good last night.

Whilst we were waiting to go it dawned on me who my daughter reminds me of.

Busy this week but aiming to go to the gym this week but starting with swimming for a couple of weeks to get back into it.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Day 1211 & 1212 (20 & 21/04/2013)

On Saturday my wife was out in Bristol, Kelly was on an induction for her new part-time job and Thomas was in Slough taking photographs.

It would be fair to say that I got loads of work done and was also able to start watching the first 10 episodes of House Of Cards.

It's very good if you get a chance to see it.

off to see Henning Wehn in Bristol on Sunday with Kelly & Sam. I hope he is as good live as when I have seen him on tv and heard him on the radio.

Day 1210 (19/04/2013)

Busy day doing lots of work but had time to take Thomas of to buy him a proper set of waterproofs from Taunton Leisure.

When we first went in there the lady was having him try o jackets that were over £250. I want him to stay dry and not go down with a cold after every wet football match but £250 would buy a lot of Beechem Lemon's.

Anyway we got a reasonable set which will hopeful keep him dry.

No that the garden is a bit dryer I got Nick from ND Maintenance to come over and sort the washing line out.

Hopefully now its cemented in it will stay up straight.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Day 1209 (18/04/2013)

Next week I'm in London giving a talk, which is fine but not my most favourite places, even thought I will probably have a Yo Sushi whilst at Paddington.

In a few months time I'm even going back to Eastern Europe, this time Latvia, for a conference, which will probably be OK but not that much fun. Then on Monday someone spoke to me about going to Beirut and other such lovely places to work but it didn't take me long to say that I have restrictions on where I'm wiling to go.

Now someone else has asked about me about going to Ghana, in Africa. The money is OK but not great, it might be fun but it might not be and to be perfectly honest unless I go with other people I tend to just stay in the hotel, so its not as if I will even get to see any of it.

It seems to be one of the problems of being good and having a slightly raised profile now, people ask me to go places to show them what I do but mostly I like sitting at home with my family but can't really say no to everything.

I might flip a coin to decide about Ghana but Beirut is definitely a no as is anywhere else in the Middle East.

Off out tonight in Bristol seeing the boys I used to work with for one of our nearly regularly get together's.

Day 1208 (17/04/2013)

I could do with a couple of weeks off, so I can do all of the work things that I need to do but unfortunately I also need the money that the work gives me, so its a very busy time at the moment.

After many months we got around to taking my wife's car to the garage this week to be repaired.

And today, slightly ahead of schedule it came back, looking very good.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Day 1207 (16/04/2013)

The news from Boston is terrible, whatever or whoever caused it. We have friends in Boston so I was worried for them but they all appear to be OK.

 The media always jump to conclusions far too quickly at these times and really should wait for a bit of confirmation before stirring up the usual hatred & prejudice.

Yesterday I was speaking to a company who wanted to use me on some of their training courses but they mocked me slightly when I mentioned that I don't go to countries who've recently been at war or where my country wouldn't try hard to get me released.

They said I shouldn't go to London if I'm scared but I said if a country isn't sold as a holiday resort then there's a reason for that and I'm not going.

I don't feel inclined to sell them use of my course abroad or to write something especially for them, as it would not make much financial sense for the amount of courses they are talking about doing compared to the risk of giving them my course.

Day 1206 (15/04/2013)

I'm really quite busy, which is annoying because there are many things I would like to do at the moment but things I must do first.

My wife's car has gone off to the garage at long last to be put right after the lady drove into her, so we are sharing cars at the moment. We could have had a courtesy car but quite frankly its nice to have some room on the drive and I'm sure we can survive with just the three cars for a few days.

I am very much looking forward to the time when we are retired and just have one car to think about. I shall gladly let my wife drive all of the time as she still enjoys driving whereas I hate it. It gets you from A to B but its not much fun always having to concentrate on sticking to the speed limit.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Day 1204 & 1205 (13 & 14/04/2013)

I would like the weekend off but have loads of work to catch up with.

Day 1203 (12/04/2013)

The thing about going away to do courses is that it takes me a couple of days to catch up in the office.

In the evening I took my Dad to see Max Boyce at the theater in Yeovil.

It was a mixture of songs and funny stories (to be honest i don't think his act has ever changed) but he sang one of my favourite songs (Duw Its Hard) but didn't tell my favourite joke, which is about Gareth Edwards.

It was very funny and my Dad laughed from start to finish.

Day 1202 (11/04/2013)

The course finished a bit rushed at the end but everyone was happy and hopefully the feedback and reviews will be good and hopefully will help the company move on a bit.

As I had quite a few heavy bags to take to my car I asked Mick to help me and said I would drop him home, so rather than drive straight home I took a slight detour and then the weather turned bad and the motorway got flooded so I ended up not getting home until 8:30pm, which was rather depressing.

Nice to be home for a little while now.

Day 1201 (10/04/2013)

Second day of the course and it's OK but rather slow.

It would be fair to say that there are a couple on the course who do not really get it and they don't have the excuse that they speak English, where as the lady the from Greece has an excuse but isn't that bad.

I then had a bit of a walk through Birmingham, a city I really love. It has everything and the people are genuinely quite nice.

I met another old colleague in Birmingham for dinner and went to Jimmy Spices, a great place where you can pig out and I did.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Day 1200 (09/04/2013)

The first day of the course went OK, there isn't great internet coverage at the venue, its a bit like being in a bunker, which is rather annoying. Also a mixed bunch on the course.

It was nice to meet up with an old colleague tonight, eating at Purnell's Bistro. We had to wait for a table so I had a Charlie Chaplin cocktail.

 Salmon starters followed by the guinea fowl, which I had always fancied trying and did not disappoint.

 The creme brulee and poached pears was very nice, as was the coffee's and petit fours.

Also both Kelly & Thomas have had good news about work recently.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Day 1199 (08/04/2013)

Just getting ready for this weeks course in Birmingham. Annoyingly I have to take a load of laptops with me again but I guess its money.

Hopefully there will be a nice curry and a visit to Purnell's squeezed in whilst I'm there.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Day 1197 & 1198 (06 & 07/04/2013)

I'm not saying that these things are evil, they are just wrong.

Crumpets are supposed to be round - enough said.

Wow look how many games of Scrabble I have won in a row against my Aunty.

If only Scrabble was an Olympic Sport.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Day 1196 (05/04/2013)

Had a great night last night seeing Richard Herring with a few friends & family in Cardiff.

OK I'm a sad geek but who cares.

Today I've got things to do then off again next week before a few more weeks at home.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Day 1195 (04/04/2013)

There have been a few articles in the press recently pointing out historic errors in programs like Call The Midwife, Foyles War, Downtown Abbey etc.

OK if you happen to know that the route-master bus shown in Foyles War was not designed until 3 years later than the episode is set, then fair enough, but F**K OFF and get a life you sad git.

Does it mater, its a bus from around that time and looks right. It was 60 years ago, who cares if they are a few years out either way.

I'm currently enjoying Broadchurch, the murder enquiry police drama on ITV. In the first episode the production team had obviously gone to the trouble to create the twitter account shown as being used by the journalist but couldn't really send out a tweet about the murdered boy being found on the beach. Unless I'm very much mistaken there was a little padlock symbol on the account page signifying it was a private account, where followers have to be allowed but later this message was referred to as having been all around the village. Does it spoil my enjoyment of the program, NO.

I love watching Morse & Lewis but are they anything like a real police murder enquiry, NO, but I love the tone and the pace of the program.

I love watching Scott & Bailey, is it accurate, mostly yes. Does it matter if they get a few things wrong, NO, it's a drama not a documentary.

End of rant.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Day 1194 (03/04/2013)

Today I was not trying to just look cool driving in my snazzy sun glasses but I think I did.

I actually had set off in my car and then realised that I had left my glasses at home so had to wear my prescription sunglasses in order to make out those blurry shapes on the road or as you may know them, other road users.

I sometimes feel really old when I try to look at things more than about 5 foot away. I even try to sit in the chair that's nearer to the telly as otherwise I have to wear my glasses inside as well.

Busy day updating 17 laptops today, ready for another course, now just need to book one so that they are all paid for, then its all profit for them.

Looking forward to seeing Richard Herring tomorrow.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Day 1193 (02/04/2013)

Had a lovely meal last night with Gary & Elaine.

They are always great company and we wish we got to see more of them.

Today Thomas and me drove up to Stoke on Trent, which is not exactly nearby, and were luck to get his camera fixed during the day but it meant we had to sit around for a few hours.

Luckily we got directed to a nearby retirement home to wait where there was a very nice cafe.

Thomas is now fully equipped again and booked to take more football photographs at the weekend.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Day 1192 (01/04/2013)

Lovely dinner yesterday at my Mum & Dad's.

One of her best ever non Christmas dinners.

Well it's April Fools Day and I guessed what the big joke was today, somebody set the heating to winter. Hardly cricket weather but Thomas went off to photograph a few hours.

Hopefully going to see Gary & Elaine tonight for a final curry at their local curry house before they move.